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Dean, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine & Senior Vice President for Health Affairs
Florida International University
Miami, Florida
Florida International University seeks an energetic, visionary, and collaborative leader with a commitment to innovation, scholarly and research excellence, diversity, and community to serve as Dean of the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM) and Senior Vice President for Health Affairs. FIU is a vibrant comprehensive university offering 180 bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in 12 colleges and schools. FIU is Carnegie-designated as both a research university with highest research activity and a community-engaged university. Located in the heart of the multicultural South Florida urban region, FIU's multiple campuses serve over 54,000 students, placing FIU among the ten largest universities in the nation. Annual research expenditures in excess of $177 million and a deep commitment to engagement have made FIU the go-to solutions center for local to global issues alike. FIU leads the nation in awarding undergraduate and graduate degrees, including in the STEM fields, to minority students. FIU's students reflect Miami's diverse population, earning FIU the designation of Hispanic-Serving Institution.
Since its authorization by Florida statute in 2006, HWCOM has grown to an enrollment of 480 students and graduated five classes of students. The only public college of medicine in Miami, HWCOM embraces its mission to prepare socially accountable, community-based physicians, scientists, and health professionals who are uniquely qualified to transform the health of patients and communities. HWCOM has been recognized for its innovative, community-based curriculum, and HWCOM students excel in national measures of quality medical education, including the United States Medical Licensing (USMLE) Step 1 testing and Step 2 Clinical Knowledge Examinations, and in the National Resident Matching Program, in which they match into residency programs in all specialties at prestigious institutions throughout the U.S. Fully accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), HWCOM has been recognized by the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) for its focus on social accountability and the social determinants of health. HWCOM's vision is to be a national leader in transforming the health of communities through the purposeful integration of education, research, and clinical care. HWCOM's operations are driven by the values of scholarship, innovation, inclusion, integrity, and service. One of the most diverse medical schools in the country, HWCOM ranks #1 in the percentage of Hispanic graduates.
HWCOM offers the Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree; a combined MD and Professional MBA degree in Healthcare Management; a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences; a Master in Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS); a Certificate in Molecular and Biomedical Sciences; and an international graduate certificate program. In fall 2017, the MD program enrolled 480 students, the MPAS program 45 students, and the Ph.D. program 14 students. These students are taught by a diverse faculty, including 96 full-time and 79 part-time clinical faculty, 1,830 community-based clinical faculty and 57 full-time, 6 part-time, and 21 community based basic science faculty. HWCOM's growing research enterprise conducts basic, applied, translational, clinical and interdisciplinary research that leverages South Florida's diverse demographics, improves the health of the South Florida community, and aligns with national global health trends.
Reporting to the Provost, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for matters relating to academic programs, the Dean is the chief executive and administrative officer of HWCOM with responsibility for the HWCOM missions of education, research, and clinical care. The Dean is HWCOM's key representative to alumni, donors, national organizations, and governmental agencies. As Senior Vice President for Health Affairs, she or he reports to the President for developing and overseeing strategic planning initiatives and matters relating to the development of the Academic Health Center and for working with deans, faculty, affiliates, and the larger community on long-term academic, financial, and operational strategies for a wide range of health activities at FIU. The Dean provides active leadership in the promotion, direction, support, and growth of the educational, research, and fundraising activities of HWCOM, in the maintenance of a high level of morale among the faculty, and in the encouragement of the spirit of learning among students. The Dean represents HWCOM in the community and identifies and hosts relevant community leaders and activities on campus. As HWCOM's chief executive, the Dean is responsible for the allocation of the budget, development of market-rate programs, and leadership in garnering philanthropic support, as well as compliance with accreditation standards, community outreach, marketing and enrollment, interdisciplinary initiatives, global outreach, and the effective management of HWCOM's administrative and financial affairs. The Dean consults with the faculty in designing the HWCOM strategic plan and sets the tone for HWCOM in encouraging excellence, recognizing achievement, and supporting appointments and promotions based on merit. The Dean is responsible for promoting scholarship and research, increasing academic excellence, building a stronger national reputation for HWCOM, creating opportunities for students, and fostering a collaborative spirit in HWCOM. The development of a coordinated academic health collaborative with an integrated vision for research, programs, and services is a critical goal FIU aims to achieve under the leadership of the Senior Vice President for Health Affairs. The Academic Health Center includes HWCOM, the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences, the Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work, the School of Integrated Science and Humanity, and the College of Engineering and Computing, as well as related programs across the university.
For this exceptional opportunity, the University seeks a collaborative and strategic leader and builder with a bold vision, broad understanding of the complex challenges facing healthcare, and the ability to position HWCOM and the Academic Health Center as innovative enterprises within a growing public research university. The successful candidate will have the reputation, stature, skills, and credibility to attract strong faculty and students, to foster a community of excellence, to strengthen connections with community partners, and to obtain financial and other resources to strengthen HWCOM and enable the achievement of its vision. She or he will possess a record of intellectual or professional accomplishments, also warranting appointment to the rank of tenured full professor; demonstrated ability in financial and human resources management, collaboration, and fundraising; a spirit of innovation; a strong external focus; and the ability to work within a diverse and multicultural environment. The successful candidate will have a record of fostering excellence in instruction, research, and service; a commitment to strengthening and supporting scholarship and clinical care; and dedication to promoting faculty and student success. An MD from an accredited medical school is required, and a breadth of training in other fields (e.g., MBA, MPH) or basic science research (Ph.D.) would be highly desirable. Candidates with exceptional academic, public sector, or private sector experience as successful leaders within complex healthcare organizational settings that involve multiple stakeholders are invited to apply.
Screening will begin in March and continue until an appointment is made. Nominations, inquiries, and applications (including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names of five references) should be directed electronically to FIU_HWCOMDeanSVP@divsearch.com.
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FIU is a member of the State University System of Florida and an Equal Opportunity, Equal Access Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. For more information, visit www.medicine.fiu.edu